Unitarian Universalism is a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.
You will find that very few of us were born Unitarian Universalists. Some of us were raised in families who worshiped in the Abrahamic or Buddhist faiths, others among us were raised as humanists, agnostics, or atheists. We are a congregation of people with diverse spiritual orientations. We seek to share a journey of spiritual growth and work together to find ways to live our faith in the world and cultivate a diverse, justice-seeking, spirit-growing community.
Our Seven Principles
Our congregations affirm and promote seven principles that transcend all creeds. The principles create a framework for our spiritual exploration and a touchstone for the conduct of our lives.
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We look to many sources for spiritual wisdom:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Many people wonder how we can worship together when we do not share the same beliefs. Rather than emphasizing conformity of belief, we create caring communities that give people the freedom and encouragement to search for spiritual truth in their own way. Together, we seek to understand the meaning of our lives.